Costa Rica has absolutely no army.

Costa Rica has absolutely no army.

Costa Rica is a populous country in Central America. It is known for its forests, waterfalls, and volcanoes. But did you know that it is also known for being a military-less country? Yes! It’s true!

The decision to demilitarize started from a proposal to put more money into education and healthcare by the then Defense Minister Edgar Cardona, who passed it to the Interior minister Alvaro Ramos and then, taken to the constitutional assembly by the provisional President at the time, Jose Figueres Ferrer.

This was after its 40-day conflict and while the rest of the world was still feeling the aftermath of the World War.

After being approved, it was drafted into the constitution (1949) in Article 12. Hence, this country has not had an Army since 1949.